Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, says an awareness initiative is to be launched soon, to highlight the importance of persons providing information to the police.
Speaking at a Domestic Violence and Risk Management Forum, held at the Ridgemount United Church, in Mandeville, on March 29, the Minister argued that the “informer fi dead” culture must be tackled, as too many persons are being silenced by fear, and the society must support good relations with the police.
"People who provide information of suspicious activities, or suspicious persons to the police, save lives. They are heroes and they should be lauded, not condemned,” the Minister emphasised.
Meanwhile, Mr. Bunting said that based on the current data, murders which occurred in March are likely to be the lowest in nine years. “It is encouraging; it tells us that if we all focus our effort, we can do it” he said, noting that a third of the murders are domestic related.
He called on persons to utilise the mediation outlets in their communities, as “there is little that conventional policing can do to address that third. We have to tackle the domestic component."
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in charge of Area Three, Derrick Cochrane, said each dispute that is not properly addressed or handled has the potential to explode into violence.
"The police have a vested interest in the amicable resolution of disputes, and we are treating disputes with the alacrity and dispatch as any crime,” he said.
"As we continue to serve, protect and reassure you the citizens, we are proceeding on multiple tracks simultaneously. We are pursuing the criminals in communities, local and migratory; gang members, violence in schools, renewed effort on praedial larceny, and dispute resolution,” the ACP said.
Coming out of the forum a Steering Committee was set up by Minister Bunting, headed by the Reverend Oliver Daley, to look at dispute resolution challenges, and response mechanisms.
By Garfield L. Angus, JIS Reporter